EDCI 306A Midterm

 My Musical Growth plan goal by the midterm point of the semester was to accomplish the ability to read sheet music and play a song that is equivalent to a grade 1 level of the Royal Conservatory music book. I had a few assets that I believed would help me while trying to reach my goals as well as some liabilities. First off playing piano as a child for 6 years would give me a good musical background that I believe helped me greatly; however, I had not touched a piano or any musical instrument in 6-8 years. This would prove to become a problem as I was very rusty and would have to relearn everything, even how to read basic sheet music. I also did not have a piano at home, which limited my ability to practice at certain times throughout my learning process. Although, with my great determination and a friend who plays the piano while also majoring in music, I was able to overcome the setbacks. I first wanted to relearn sheet music because I believed that it was a basic skill needed to play the piano. I also liked the idea that sheet music is universal and that re-learning how to read it would prove to be beneficial for all instruments. I used YouTube videos and found great resources online that helped me re-learn basic theory concepts. I was then able to apply this knowledge to eventually begin reading piano sheet music. When I felt comfortable enough with my abilities I started re-learning how to play basic songs on the piano like “twinkle twinkle little star” and “Marry had a little lamb”. I believed that it was important to warm up and develop my skills before jumping into a difficult piece of music. I then started my second goal: learn a song that is equivalent to a grade 1 level of the Royal Conservatory music book. I choose the song “piano man” to learn because there were lots of resources online to help me study this song. In hindsight “piano man” was probably a very hard song for me to learn right away because of the speed it is played at. Due to this factor, it took me a lot longer than I had anticipated to learn the piece. By the midterm part of the semester I had reached my goal, however, I was only able to play the song at half the regular speed. While learning the song, on a couple occasions I debated trying to learn a different song instead of “piano man” because of the sheer frustration and difficulty I had. I am very proud that I finished learning the song and am amazed by what I was able to do with determination. I think that it is important for me to continue with my musical learning. Music is so important in a classroom setting. It can be used to improve memory, decision-making and learning in students. Music can be used as an outlet for students as well that in turn will lower their overall stress. This is why I am excited to continue the journey through my Musical Growth Plan. In the upcoming weeks, I will choose another song to learn that is now equivalent to a grade 2 level of the Royal Conservatory music book. Although, this time I am going to be certain that it is a true grade 2 level and choose a song that is slower than “piano man”.

Classroom Blog Safety Measures

It is important while setting up a classroom blog to keep in mind safety measures that will protect the students online and reduce risk. A few important guidelines should be followed throughout the classroom blogging experience to promote these safety measures. Students should first only identify by their first names while posting online. This is important because it allows the students to become anonymous to a point and protect the students further from threats that occur online. Posts should not include personal details about a student either. This would include things like addresses, family information, telephone numbers, schools name or a friends personal information. Knowing that the internet is open to all, we do not want students to give up personal information that could lead to harming them in the future. When parents leave comments on a blog they are also asked to only identify their child by their first name. The teacher should also talk to the students about bulling online and how it is not acceptable. The STOP, BLOCK, TELL rule is a good one to follow for online bullying. All of these safety measures can be managed by having the teacher first approve posts and comments before they are put on the Internet. That way if a student is engaging in unsafe internet practices the teacher can catch these and stop them before the post is shared with the world online. Students should also know about general online safety as well. Speaking to them about things like not meeting up with anyone face to face they meet online is important. Moreover, students should know to never share Internet passwords with anyone except their parents. Parents should also be informed to check the privacy settings on all devices and sites their child is using. The settings should be the highest possible.

Using Apple Applications For Education

IMovie is an intuitive video and picture editing platform that lets you assemble and customize your videos. IMovie is great for allowing users to edit each individual clip by adding background music, visual effects, text and audio over top. Because the IMovie platform is super easy to use it allows teachers to integrate the use and creation of videos into their classrooms and lesson plans.

Another great application that can be used to intergrade into the classroom is Garage band. This is an audio editing platform that is also very intuitive and easy to use. It allow students to be able to use online instruments like guitars, percussion and piano. Moreover, they are able to play around with these different sounds to create music or edit other sounds.

In class we went through a helpful tutorial that helped us understand how these applications can be used in a classroom setting. This session was very informative and helped me gain a higher level of confidence. I now feel i would be able to implement these techniques in my own classroom. I cannot believe that I have had these applications on my computer and had never used them before. Below I have put a link to my edited video.

Goals For The Semester

I believe that EDCI 306a and the UVIC Edtech department will be very beneficial on my path to becoming a classroom educator. In the twenty first century we have seen a large amount of technology innovation in education. In the world of technology today things move extremely quickly; however, without proper education many do not know about or implement tools that are very beneficial for the classroom. My expectation this semester is to gain experience using tools that will help facilitate my future students learning. In particular, I have heard talk around teachers using Google classroom. I would like to become more familiar with this tool as I think it will simplify aspects of classroom management. I would also like to learn more about OPEC Cloud Computing Guidelines for Public Bodies. I believe that it is important to follow the law in order to protect myself when in the field of teaching. I would like to do this by learning this semester what these guidelines demand. I am most excited for my passion project and the freedom it entails. Throughout the semester I will be updating you, the reader on my learning process as I take steps towards becoming an educator of the future.

Who am I?

Who I am can be dependent on many external factors; however, I am usually a loving, caring and thoughtful nineteen year old UVIC student. I can be found most days being active after classes whether it be in the gym, playing hockey or going for night time runs. Other then leading a healthy lifestyle I love to ski and be in the outdoors. There is something magical about being away from the city and in the element of mother nature. Although I do appreciate the city life and loved growing up in the lower mainland area. I was very fortunate to have a great childhood with two loving parents and a sister. I can contribute many of the best qualities that I portray to the family that raised me. they really did shape me into the person I am today

The Journey Begins

“The journey is never ending. There’s always going to be growth, improvement, adversity; you just gotta take it all in and do whats right, continue to grow, continue to live in the moment.” – Antonio Brown